5 Curb Appeal Mistakes You Might Be Making

Real Estate Agent with EXP REALTY

If you are considering selling your home, you should know that potential buyers are going to make their initial judgments based on the curb appeal of your home. To make the best impression, do not make these 5 curb appeal mistakes:


1.         Personal Possessions and Lawn Ornaments


Whether you have your kids’ toys out or you have an affinity for plastic pink flamingos, personal items and lawn décor should be put away when trying to sell your home. Buyers want to picture themselves living at your home, and that’s hard to do when they can’t see past the garden gnomes.


2.         Landscaping that isn’t cohesive with the rest of the neighborhood


If all your neighbors use mulch in their gardens and you use gravel, your yard might stand out – and not in a good way. Rather than looking distinctive, it can be an eyesore.


3.         Dying trees, flowers, plant, or shrubs


Sometimes when you’ve lived with your yard long enough, you fail to notice the dying or dead trees, plants, and shrubbery. If you are selling your home, get rid of any dead or dying plant life and replace it.


4.         High maintenance landscaping


While it may have taken you years to create an outside oasis fit for a king, high maintenance landscaping can make buyers run in the other direction. Talk to your real estate agent to find solutions if you think you might have a high maintenance yard.

5.         Paint colors that stand out


While you might love your pink house or your striped door, your paint color preferences are unique to you. It’s always best to pick neutral colors for both the inside and outside of your home when selling your home.


Comments (3)

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Home owners associations are pretty picky about having personal items and lawn ornaments out front so you don't see much of that here. 

Sep 22, 2015 03:11 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Great tips Raoul! Thank you for sharing. Anything that inhibits potential buyers from envisioning the home as theirs is a hindrance to the sale.

Sep 22, 2015 03:22 AM
Victoria Ray Henderson
HomeBuyer Brokerage - Washington, DC
Washington DC Real Estate

Raoul-you make excellent points! Yard ornaments, holiday lights dangling from the roof line, dying plants-these are huge turn offs for home buyers. It's also difficult when the yards belong to a next door neighbor:)

Sep 22, 2015 04:14 AM